Prosecutors say the victims, ages 8 and 11, were at their grandfather's house last November in Mississippi County, in northeast Arkansas, when Love asked if they wanted to "play a game." He then locked himself in a room with the girls.
The children were later taken to a hospital where DNA evidence was recovered. Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the 2nd Judicial District, described Love as a sexual predator.
Two others were served arrest warrants while incarcerated in the Dunklin County, Missouri, jail.
Two of the indicted individuals, Brad Vernon and Joseph Riley, are still at large. “We remain resolute in our continuing effort to help the people of northeast Arkansas, and the Delta in general, combat the plague of methamphetamine and gun violence,” Thyer said.
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In addition, agents seized nine firearms from James, Brown, and Antonio Mc Nichols, all of whom are convicted felons.
“This joint investigation led to the arrest of several offenders to create a safer environment for the communities of northeast Arkansas.” The investigation was jointly led by the DEA and ATF, with cooperation and additional assistance from the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Blytheville Police Department, the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, the Osceola Police Department, and the Arkansas Highway Police.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Givens. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Eventually, as law enforcement informants increased the amounts of methamphetamine they purchased, these targets brought the informants to their main meth suppliers in Blytheville to buy larger amounts, up to quarter-pounds at a time.
All told, law enforcement directly purchased more than one kilogram (1000 grams) of methamphetamine from the Arther James and Robert Brown drug-trafficking organization (DTO) in 17 controlled purchases.